Grinnell Glacier Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,608' 490 m
Descent: -39' -12 m
High: 6,510' 1,984 m
Low: 4,937' 1,505 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“One of Glaciers most famous trail, this moderate trail leads you right up to Grinnell Glacier itself”— Michael Faist
Family Friendly The opportunity to take a boat along the first part of the trail, along with wildlife sightings and spectacular vistas make this a wonderful trail for kids!
Starting from the trailhead, the first two miles are mostly flat, taking you along Josephine Lake before you reach a fork in the trail. The trail to the left is the Josephine Walk to the Grinnell Lake Trail, and the trail to the right is the Grinnell Glacier Trail. Just after the junction, you start going up. There are spectacular views of Grinnell Lake to the south, with Mt. Gould standing tall behind it. As you hike, you'll pass fields of wildflowers, waterfalls, and with any luck some wildlife! The trail does at points get narrow, and those with mobility restrictions should be aware of the steep nature of some points of the trail. That being said, families of all ages take the trail every summer, so be sure to bring appropriate supplies (hiking poles, water, food, etc.).
Looking into the Grinnell Basin as you approach you'll see two glaciers, Salamander and Gem, settled into the rock face. Eventually, you'll reach the glacier itself, affording a spectacular view of Grinnell. Settle into one of the best lunch spots in the park, and enjoy the view before starting back!
This trail also offers Ranger-led hikes starting oftentimes in July, be sure to check out Glacier's website.
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